Safe House

Craig Merchant's avatar Craig Merchant

Vote Code 64816 - Safe House by artist Craig Merchant is a large outdoor art installation showing at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. It is constructed with the remnants of old wooden crates dating back to the early to mid 1900's. The entire sculpture is illuminated with purple lights from within the walls of the structure and the viewer is encouraged to walk through the piece. There are some kinetic elements that move within the walls and on the ceiling of the artwork to ignite the viewer's imagination. ------- The crates are a metaphor for the barriers we create within ourselves. The walls are broken down and the crate is deconstructed to release whatever may have been held captive on the inside, and then reassembled to create something new. This piece encourages the viewer to look beyond the surface and to allow themselves to truly and freely feel. Safe House represents a sanctuary which enables the viewer to begin that journey.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 6 feet
  • Medium: wood
  • Width: 6 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 9 feet